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Cities of tomorrow: intelligent, sustainable and data driven

Posted on 2 May 2018

Click on the film for a snapshot from industry experts and Mishcon de Reya lawyers as to how our evolving urban environment is changing our interaction with data and regulation.

The event – the first in our 'Shaping Cities' series, aimed at helping us understand what the city of tomorrow might look like and how our behaviours need to adapt – took place on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

The keynote speaker, Josef Hargrave, Associate Director and Global Foresight Manager at Arup Foresight, gave his insight into key trends and where technological change is leading us in terms of the built environment. Joining Josef in the panel discussion, chaired by Mishcon partner Adam Rose, were: Graeme Craig, Commercial Development Director at Transport for London; Tushar Agarwal, CEO and Co-founder of Hubble; and Anita Rivera, Head of Planning in the Real Estate department at Mishcon de Reya.

If you would like to attend future 'Shaping Cities' events, please contact Charlotte Gillett.

Read Mishcon partner Susan Freeman's overview of the panel discussion for Property Week here.

Cities of Tomorrow

Cities of tomorrow: intelligent, sustainable and data driven



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Susan Freeman

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

The panel discussion was amazing.  It was the first of a series of events on Shaping Cities that we are going to do.


Adam Rose

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

The key themes that emerged from tonight’s panel discussion were around the role of Government, around the role of private sector, how those two interact and secondly the position of regulation and whether law is keeping up with the demands, the needs of smart cities of developers of investors. 


Nick Kirby

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya

The most important points that we learnt about today are the interplay between technology and the built environment and how autonomous transport systems are going to change the way our cities look in the future. 


Josef Hargrave

Assistant Director & Global Foresight Manager, Arup Foundation

When we think about the future of the cities I think it is really important to think realistically so not only to think about technology but to really look at all kinds of different factors across the social, economic, the technical, the environmental and the political.


Craig David

Commercial Director, Transport for London

The pace of change within London is only going to increase.  By the end of this year we are going to be turning TFL into a Telecoms Company.  We are going to be installing 4G coverage across all of our stations and tunnels, building on that to create a fibre network that will really address connectivity across London.


Anita Rivera

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

The challenges for lawyers is actually understanding what the regulatory regime is in relation to the privacy issues associated with the collection of data and how to create some sort of framework to protect people but also to foster innovation and development which the data inputs into and which the private sector can actually benefit from.


Tushar Agarwal

CEO & Co-Founder, Hubble

There is a lot of data out there which will inform you or help you forecast what is going to happen and therefore help you make better decisions and build a better physical environment for the future.


Susan Freeman

Partner, Mishcon de Reya

We covered all sorts of cities around the world we covered the aging population, data, climate change and it was fascinating.  






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